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We loan because...
This team was founded after some members were profoundly touched by the documentary - "A Walk to Beautiful" - which can now be viewed at

The 9 min video "Fistula Pilgrims" tells the story of Telanish, a young girl in Ethiopia who was married at 10, pregnant at 11 and gave birth to a stillborn child at 12. As a result of a long and obstructed labour, she has a fistula and is left incontinent, an outcast from her community:

"From Despair to Dignity" is a short but powerful 5 minute video:

Some of our team members have visited the Fistula Hospital in Addis Ababa in Sept 2010. You can find the photos of our trip here:

About us
We make Kiva loans in recognition of the Hamlin Fistula Hospital and its supporters worldwide, which fight to correct a childbirth injury that can leave a young woman incontinent, leaking wastes, scorned and ostracized. A $450 surgical repair usually solves the problem and restores their lives. For more information, please check out the pages of the different global partners and donors of the Hamlin Fistula Hospital:
New Zealand:

Search the web and do your online shopping through iGive to help us raise more funds for fistula patients:

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  • Umucyo Group
    Umucyo Group received a loan from Edie buy more fish to reinvest in the business.
  • Rose
    Rose received a loan from Pearl to buy merchandise to sell such as baking flour, sodas, cooking oil, and other items.
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  • Nikisoboka Group
    Nikisoboka Group received a loan from 2 team members to buy salt and sugar for reselling.
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  • Lesha
    United States
    Lesha received a loan from Kate to buy a new air conditioner that will greatly improve her family's quality of life and the living conditions within their home.
  • Josephine
    Josephine received a loan from Kate to pay for farm inputs and to hire labor to grow more crops on her farm.
  • Indosole
    Indosole received a loan from Kate to purchase raw materials & bolster recycling production in order to meet growing demand & scale environmental impact.
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  • Lydia
    Lydia received a loan from Kate to buy farm inputs such as fertilizer and seeds, to enable her to grow more vegetables.
  • Estufas Chispa
    Estufas Chispa received a loan from Kate to access working capital in order to build inventory, acquire a delivery vehicle, and provide financing for high-impact clean cookstoves to rural Guatemalans.
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  • Fatmeh
    Fatmeh received a loan from Carmen Quijada to renovate her shop and do a catchy decoration to attract customers.
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  • Njaka
    Njaka received a loan from 3 team members to fund the harvest of seeds of 6,000 smallholder farmers in the south of Madagascar.
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